More woes in badminton federation as court sack Orbih

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Badminton federation president Francis Orbih hails Oyinloye’s BCA upgrade

The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has been hit with more crisis following the sack of a former president Francis Orbih as the chairman, caretaker committee of the federation by the federal high court sitting in Abuja.

It will be recalled the court had barred the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and electoral committee not to conduct election for the executive office of the federation pending the hearing and determination of a substantive suit before it in September.

The order followed an application brought before the court by the plaintiff, Kenneth Azuine, seeking an interim order to restrain the Ministry of Youth and Sports from conducting election for the executive positions of the BFN.

As a result of the order, the sports ministry appointed Orbih as the caretaker committee chairman pending the conclusion of the suit.

However, in a ruling given by Hon Justice I.E Ekwo on Monday, as contained in a suit, FHC.ABJ/CS/1128/2021, Orbih was “restrained from assuming office or continuing to function in such office or holding out themselves or identifying themselves or claiming to be elected or selected or nominated or appointed members of board or president or caretaker committee.”

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Also included in the suit are the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare; the chairman, electoral committee; chairman, elections guidelines committee, Akinlonu Foluso and the secretary of the committee, Bamiduro Olu.

The court also restrained the “1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th defendants as listed above from dealing with or continuing to deal with 6th defendant (Orbih) or any other person or persons who were or are candidates in the suspended election as well as ordering the minister from appointing Orbih from assuming office or continuing to function in such office as pending the hearing and determination of the motion of notice.”

The case has been adjourned until Friday, 29th October, 2021.

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